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Apple Q2: Cook explains the iPad lag; Office for iPad; ramping up its enterprise … – ZDNet


Apple Q2: Cook explains the iPad lag; Office for iPad; ramping up its enterprise
apple-hero (Image: CNET/CBS Interactive). Apple's chief executive Tim Cook was forced to explain on the company's fiscal second quarter earnings call Wednesday why the company fell down on iPad sales, which were significantly below Wall Street …
Apple's iPad Rules The Enterprise. So When's The Second Act?Forbes
Why Apple's iPhone Success in BRIC Countries Is a Big DealBloomberg
Tim Cook to Microsoft: Better late than never for Office on iPadComputerworld
Reuters -Washington Post
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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 2:24 am

FCC chairman proposes new net neutrality rules – Los Angeles Times


FCC chairman proposes new net neutrality rules
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Netflix Inc. and other Internet companies may soon be able to pay for a faster road online for streaming movies and other content into customers' homes, raising concerns about who ultimately may end up with the bill. The nation's top …
In Policy Shift, FCC Will Allow a Web Fast LaneNew York Times
Federal Communications Commission set to propose new Internet standardsFox News
New FCC rules would allow payments for speedier trafficComputerworld
NBCNews.com -CBS Local -Reuters
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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 2:16 am

Risk of asteroid hitting Earth higher than thought – The Nation

The Nation

Risk of asteroid hitting Earth higher than thought
The Nation
CAPE CANAVERAL-The chance of a city-killing asteroid striking Earth is higher than scientists previously believed, a non-profit group building an asteroid-hunting telescope said on Tuesday. A global network that listens for nuclear weapons detonations …
Asteroids hit Earth with force of nuclear blastsTimes of India
What are odds an asteroid will level a major city? Higher than you might think Christian Science Monitor
Death-by-asteroid odds jumpStuff.co.nz
The Escapist -Register -Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 1:51 am

The little Y chromosome turns out to be crucial, finally earns respect – Science Recorder

Science Recorder

The little Y chromosome turns out to be crucial, finally earns respect
Science Recorder
The Y chromosome, the sex chromosome that differentiates males from females, has long been thought do little else. But recent research suggests it contains genes that important in the regulation of other genes in cells throughout the male body.
Researchers See New Importance in Y ChromosomeNew York Times
Male Or Female? Once Upon A Time, It Was Less ClearScience 2.0
Repreive For Men: Y Chromosome Is Not VanishingScientific American
Christian Science Monitor -LiveScience.com
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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 1:44 am

There’s a Trap in the New Skylanders Game – GameSpot


There's a Trap in the New Skylanders Game
The magic of Skylanders–at least for its young target audience–has always been in how it mixes the physical and the virtual. For a kid, it's exciting to have physical, quality figurines to play with in the real world, before taking virtual avatars of those same …
Activision announces Skylanders Trap TeamGaming Age
Photos from Skylanders Trap Team Reveal Event in New York Are Available on MarketWatch
'Skylanders Trap Team' Gameplay Preview: Hands-Off Demo First ImpressionsGamenguide
Side Mission -GameSided -Forbes
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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 1:11 am

Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer – Register

Boston Globe

Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer
Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station have taken a wander over the outside of the station to replace a critical backup computer that conked out. MDM. NASA doesn't do beige boxes, it prefers grey. Flight engineers Rick Mastracchio and Steve …
NASA Astronauts Aboard the International Space Station Make Urgent Computer Science World Report
This selfie is out of this worldKSPR
Astronaut's Selfie Is Out of This WorldTIME
Firstpost -Live 5 News
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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 1:07 am

Virtual Baby Quail Tops Nikon Contest’s Video Menu – NBCNews.com

Virtual Baby Quail Tops Nikon Contest's Video Menu
You can see the insides of a tiny quail in its egg, slice by virtual slice, in an amazing video that took top honors in the third annual Nikon Small World in Motion competition. Portuguese biologist Gabriel Martins of the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia won first …
Award-Winning Microscope Images Come to Life in Extraordinary VideosWired
Videos of Live Embryos, Cancer Cell Win 'Small World' AwardsLiveScience.com
Journey through quail embryo wins Nikon science video prizeReuters UK

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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 12:15 am

Apple iTunes nears 800 million mark – CNET

International Business Times UK

Apple iTunes nears 800 million mark
CEO Tim Cook touts the now "staggering" number of iTunes accounts while discussing Apple's blowout quarter. by Charles Cooper · @coopeydoop; April 23, 2014 3:04 PM PDT. comments. 0. facebook. twitter. linkedin. googleplus. more. more +. email. tumblr.
Apps featured by Apple or Google get 6 times the downloads and 9 times the VentureBeat
iTunes Now Has Nearly 800 Million Accounts, Most With Credit Cards AttachedTechCrunch
iTunes by the Numbers: 800M Accounts, $5.2B in Billings, 70B App DownloadsMac Rumors
The FA Daily -iPhone FAQ
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Posted on 23 April 2014 | 10:14 pm

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4 lineup goes on sale May 1 starting at $199.99 – Computerworld


Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 lineup goes on sale May 1 starting at $199.99
Computerworld – Three versions of the new Galaxy Tab 4 tablet line will go on sale in the U.S. on May 1, with the new 7-in. Wi-Fi model priced at $199.99, the same price as last year's Galaxy Tab 3 of the same size. Samsung and other major retailers will …
Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom reportedly spotted in leaked imagesNDTV

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Posted on 23 April 2014 | 6:56 pm

Want to time travel? Google has created the next best thing – The Globe and Mail

CTV News

Want to time travel? Google has created the next best thing
The Globe and Mail
Google has built a time machine. Okay, not quite, but it's new Street View feature, which launched Wednesday, is about as close as the Internet has come to enabling time travel. When you launch Street View in Google Maps (just drag that little yellow guy at …
Google turns Maps into a time machineSFGate (blog)
Now You Can Travel Through Time on Google MapsABC News
Google Turns Street View Into a Time Machine, Adding Back Its History of ImageryRe/code
Boston Herald -CTV News -MarketWatch (blog)
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Posted on 23 April 2014 | 6:33 pm

Tech News Headlines – Yahoo News

Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion, OKs 7-for-1 stock split

Apple's iPad devices are displayed at its store in TokyoBy Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors. Activist investor Carl Icahn, who had famously called on the iPhone maker to boost its buyback program, tweeted his approval of the move on Wednesday. On Wednesday, Apple reported sales of 43.7 million iPhones in the quarter ended March, far outpacing the roughly 38 million that Wall Street had predicted. But whether Apple can again produce a revolutionary new product remains the central question in investors' and Silicon Valley executives' minds.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 12:59 am

Apple resets the clock as investors await next big thing

The Apple logo is pictured at a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San FranciscoBy Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc just bought itself some much-needed time. On Wednesday, the company surprised Wall Street with news that it sold more iPhones in the March quarter than even the most bullish analysts had expected. To top it all off, Apple unveiled a 7-for-1 stock split that should go down well with individuals who want a piece of a household name but could not afford to fork over $500 a share. The litany of positive numbers sent Apple's long-stagnant shares up 8 percent.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 12:48 am

U.S. judge denies Apple’s move to hold off e-book antitrust trial

An Apple logo is seen during Black Friday in San FranciscoA U.S. federal judge denied a bid by Apple Inc on Wednesday to hold off a trial in a case brought by state attorneys general accusing the company of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in a brief order said the July 14 trial had already been postponed once and should go forward, paving the way for more than two dozen states to pursue hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Following a non-jury trial last year, Cote found that Apple from 2009 to 2010 conspired with the publishers to raise e-book prices and impede competitors such as Amazon.com Inc. The trial to assign damages was supposed to be held in May but it was pushed back two months to allow adequate time for class notification, Cote's order said. Apple later on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court to intervene and halt the trial.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 1:25 am

Facebook first-quarter revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads

The loading screen of the Facebook application on a mobile phone is seen in this photo illustration taken in LavignyBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets. Shares of Facebook were up nearly 3 percent at $63.05 in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Facebook said that mobile ads represented 59 percent of its ad revenue in the first quarter, up from 30 percent in the year-ago period. Facebook's overall revenue grew 72 percent year-on-year to $2.5 billion in the first quarter, above the $2.36 billion expected by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. "They've got the right products for what advertisers are looking for and that's manifesting itself in the results you're seeing," said JMP Securities analyst Ronald Josey.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 2:07 am

Qualcomm’s quarterly revenue growth dwindles, shares fall

A Qualcomm sign is seen at one of Qualcomm's numerous buildings located on its San Diego CampusBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday posted its smallest quarterly revenue increase since 2010 as it wrestles with a smartphone market that is losing steam and shifting to China, sending its shares lower. With expansion in the smartphone industry moving away from wealthy markets such as the United States and toward China and other developing countries, where consumers favor less expensive devices, Qualcomm's once-impressive revenue growth is tapering off and it is focusing on costs to preserve its profitability. It was far lower than the quarterly growth rates of over 20 percent that Qualcomm investors until recently have been accustomed to. Less growth than expected in recent months in China, where China Mobile is preparing to launch a new, faster network with 4G, or LTE, technology, hurt Qualcomm's results in the quarter, Chief Executive Steve Mollenkopf told Reuters.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 9:52 pm

All at sea: global shipping fleet exposed to hacking threat

A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The next hacker playground: the open seas – and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. Somali pirates help choose their targets by viewing navigational data online, prompting ships to either turn off their navigational devices, or fake the data so it looks like they're somewhere else; While data on the extent of the maritime industry's exposure to cyber crime is hard to come by, a study of the related energy sector by insurance brokers Willis this month found that the industry "may be sitting on an uninsured time bomb". Globally, it estimated that cyber attacks against oil and gas infrastructure will cost energy companies close to $1.9 billion by 2018.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 9:33 pm

Dish will reportedly reveal its Internet-TV service this summer

Dish will reportedly reveal its Internet-TV service this summerEvery company in the market wants to provide its own online TV streaming service, but Dish might be the first to give consumers a real offer. Bloomberg reports that Dish Network is looking to bring an Internet-TV service to the United States this summer, a set of live-streaming channels that will be accessible through connected devices such as smartphones and tablets. Disney signed onto the service last month, and A&E, Turner Broadcasting and CBS have reportedly been in talks with the provider as well. Some content providers have reportedly decided that certain conditions must be met before they will jump on board. For them to join, two of the four major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC) must be part of the service, along with

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 2:00 am

FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called “last mile” connection to people’s homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don’t harm competition or limit free speech.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 1:28 am

Facebook’s mobile focus is paying off

Facebook's mobile focus is paying offIt's clear that when Facebook said it was going to be a mobile-first company back in 2013, it meant it. It's now surpassed 1 billion active mobile users a month, which is about a 34 percent increase compared to a year ago. Sure, a lot has happened in the land of likes in the early part of 2014 — it spent close to $19 billion for WhatsApp and another $2 billion for Oculus VR — but its primary source of income for the year still comes from good ol' advertising on its core product: Facebook.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 1:26 am

Apple slice: Share split makes joining the Dow more likely

Who says Apple does not want to be in the Dow Jones industrial average? The iPhone maker’s market value has stood high above most U.S. corporations’ for a few years, yet Apple still isn’t a component of that blue-chip stock benchmark. That is because the Dow weighs its 30 components by price, so a $500 stock would overwhelm the index. A seven-for-one stock split that will chop the price to about $75 changes the picture.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 12:55 am